6th June 2015 - 9:30am to 2:30pm
Are you writing a book for publication but unsure of how to find an agent? This intimate half-day event with four literary agents will give you insider knowledge on how to submit your manuscript to an agent, what they’re looking for and how to grab their attention. This event is specifically for writers with manuscripts aimed at children under 12, including picture book writers. With a networking lunch and a chance for a one-to-one with the agent of your choice, you’ll receive direct feedback on how best to hook your agent.
Held in the historic literary surroundings of Bloomsbury at Bloomsbury Publishing, home to authors including Margaret Atwood and J.K. Rowling, this is your chance to get noticed.
9.30-10.00 Morning refreshments and a chance to meet fellow members of the group you will be attending the morning sessions with.
10.00-10.40 A how-to session on knowing when your novel is ready, finding the right agent and what to include in a submission package.
10.45-11.25 Advice on how to pitch your novel (a short exercise where you can talk about your own work is included in this section).
11.30-12.30 Agents discuss what appeals to them in a submission, with real examples and case studies from both successful and unsuccessful submissions.
12.30-1.00 Both groups will come together for an open networking session with drinks and lunch
1.00-2.30 You will have a 10 minute one-to-one session (the last session will begin at 2.30) with one of the agents and an opportunity to try out the pitch for your book, ask questions and receive feedback.
Julia Churchill - A.M. Heath
Julia Churchill joined A.M.Heath in 2013 as Children's Agent, after four years building up the UK side of the Greenhouse Literary Agency, and six years at the Darley Anderson Agency where she started the children's book side of the list. She represents some fabulous writers including Sarah Lean, Sarah Crossan and Joanna Nadin. She’s always on the treasure hunt for new writing talent and considers the slushpile to be the greatest place on earth. She’s looking for debut and established authors with storytelling magic, from picture book texts right up to YA fiction.
Jenny Savill - Andrew Nurnberg Associates Ltd
Jenny Savill is a senior literary agent at Andrew Nurnberg Associates Ltd where she represents authors of fiction and non-fiction writing for both children and adults. After gaining an MA in Mediaeval History from St Andrews University, Jenny worked in the theatre, joining Andrew Nurnberg Associates in 2002. She has built a strong children’s and YA roster, whose authors include Sophia Bennett, Dave Cousins, Keren David, and Andy Robb.
Jenny works editorially with her authors and is on the look-out for authentic voices, plots which surprise and engage, and characters who leap off the page. She loves quirky, life-affirming stories and while she is not interested in high fantasy, she does like a story with a slight thread of magic running through it. She is interested in finding new voices in both commercial and literary women’s fiction, historical fiction, memoir and narrative non-fiction. Her adult fiction authors include Deborah Install and Natasha Pulley, and, on the non-fiction side, Mark Logue and Peter Conradi.
Sallyanne Sweeney - Mulcahy Associates
Sallyanne Sweeney grew up in Dublin and studied English at Trinity College before completing an MPhil in American Literature at Queens' College, Cambridge. After graduating she joined Watson, Little Ltd, becoming a Literary Agent in 2008 and a Director of the company in 2011. She joined Mulcahy Associates in August 2013 and is building her list of fiction and non-fiction authors for children and adults, as well as a small number of picture book illustrators. Passionate about working with debut authors, her fiction tastes are wide-ranging, from the literary to the very commercial, but she is particularly looking for voice-driven narratives with a strong hook. This year, Sallyanne was a judge for the 2014 Undiscovered Voices Award, run by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Clare Wallace - Darley Anderson Agency
Clare joined the Darley Anderson Agency in January 2011. Clare is scouting for new talent and is looking for commercial and accessible literary women’s fiction. Clare is also building the children’s list and is looking for new children's authors and illustrators. At the Agency Clare represents authors both in the UK and the US including Rosie Blake, Caroline Crowe, Kerry Fisher, Martyn Ford, Polly Ho-Yen, Cesca Major, Adam Perrott, Beth Reekles, Dave Rudden, Kim Slater, and illustrators Clare Mackie, Loretta Schauer and Lorna Scobie. Find her on Twitter @CPWally.
The price for this event is £149, including lunch and the opportunity to purchase a copy of the 2015 edition of Writers' & Artists' Yearbook or the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook at a discounted price.
Bookings can be made by either clicking on the 'Book' buttons at the top and bottom of this page, or by calling 0207 631 5985.
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The event will be held at Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP. Doors will open at 9.30am, with workshops starting at 10am prompt.